Horse-themed table carries pre-auction estimate of up to $US593,600

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Console 'La promenade des amis', by Diego Giacometti. Photo: Christie's
Console ‘La promenade des amis’, by Diego Giacometti. Photo: Christie’s

An equine-themed piece of furniture by Diego Giacometti is expected to to fetch up to £350,000 ($US593,600) at auction.

The piece, Console ‘La promenade des amis’, will go under the hammer at Christie’s London auction for impressionist and modern-day pieces on June 25.

Christies puts a pre-auction estimate on the piece at £250,000 to £350,000 ($US424,000 to $US593,600).

The bronze work measures 121.5cm wide, by 89cm deep and 89cm tall.

It is being offered from a private collection in Paris. It was acquired directly from Giacometti in 1984, in the year before his death, and has remained in the same family since.

Giacometti, a sculptor and designer, was born in the small Swiss alpine village of Borgonovo. He was the younger brother of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

He used bronze, which enabled him to sculpt in great detail, grace and elasticity. Diego’s animals required special, often costly techniques. The fine detail of his animals helped build his reputation.

The death of Alberto in 1966 saw Diego redouble his creative efforts, creating some of his most important works.

Console ‘La promenade des amis’ depicts the meeting of a horse and some dogs under a tree.

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